It will help you to sharpen your practical skills as a creative artist. On a practical level, it will assist you in working as a freelance writer, composer or producer of musical theatre.
The Musical Theatre programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, focuses on the dramaturgy of the musical as a key factor in the future development of the genre.
Expert professionals are regularly employed as visiting tutors, to maintain direct links with the industry.
You follow one of the two pathways as either:
- writer or composer
You undertake an analytic case study of a musical or production, a placement project and dissertation (producers), and a creative project involving either book and lyrics or music for a short original musical (writers and composers). Producers share some classes with students on the MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy.
You will develop a critical understanding of the collaborative processes involved in the creation of musical theatre in the UK and USA.
Composers and librettists/lyricists will achieve an enhanced ability to engage with the integration of dramaturgical and musical components of musical theatre writing, and a comprehension of the various factors involved in working within the industry.
Producers will acquire an overall perspective on the industrial and organisational factors involved in musical theatre production, including methods of theatre marketing, systems of arts funding and policy, and a working knowledge of the strategies involved in producing a small-scale musical.
Producers will also develop skills of leadership and teamwork and the ability to develop and critique their own approaches to working in musical theatre production.
Typical careers for graduates of this MA include:
- musical theatre composer
- marketing manager
- production assistant
You undertake an analytic case study of a musical or production, a placement project and dissertation (producers), and a creative project involving either book and lyrics or music for a short original musical (writers and composers).
You elect to follow one of two pathways on the programme – Producers, or Writers and Composers. In each case, the programme involves five separate modules:
- Genre study
- Case study
- Shared complementary/contextual module 1 – autumn term.
- Shared complementary/contextual module 2, - ‘Musical Theatre and Society’
- Creative project/dissertation
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Apply early to avoid disappointment
- Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.
DisciplinesMusic Theatre & Dance View 249 other Masters in Music in United Kingdom
- You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
- You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
International20250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20250 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9260 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9260 GBP per year during 12 months.
- National - part-time: £4630
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.